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Google adds yet another feature to Google Chrome, now you can share clipboard content between desktop and mobile.
Earlier Google offered a feature on its web browser which allowed users “send to” functionality.
This enabled them to push webpages to other devices and Chrome instances connected to the same Google Account.
The latest Share Clipboard content feature is an experimental feature available with Chrome 79, it allows you to push Clipboard content to other devices.
The feature is not enabled by default, to enable the feature Chrome users will need to activate a number of flags in the browser for it to work.
Note: Since this is an experimental feature, flags may come and go at any time. Some are integrated with Chrome natively while others removed without warning.
How to setup Share Clipboard content feature:
- Make sure you are using Chrome 79 or later.
- Go to Menu > Settings to make sure that Chrome Sync is enabled.
- Load chrome://flags in the web browser’s address bar.
- Search for Clipboard.
- Enable the following three experimental flags:
- Enable the receiver device to handle the shared clipboard feature
- Enable shared clipboard feature signals to be handled
- Sync Clipboard Service
- Restart the Chrome browser.
After the restart right-clicks a selection in Chrome, now a new “Send Text To” option will show up followed by other Chrome instances/devices.
You will need to be signed in to the same Google account on all devices and synchronization needs to be enabled.
If Clipboard content is shared using the new feature, a notification is displayed. The latest Share Clipboard content feature uses Chrome’s synchronization functionality to push Clipboard content to other devices.
Apart from Google, Microsoft has also introduced a cloud clipboard in Windows 10 operating system recently.
It remains to be seen if Google enables this feature by default in Chrome. The information copied and submitted using this feature is encrypted. It is a good feature for users who prefer to use the new Clipboard sharing functionality over traditional methods, e.g. by using email or text files on USB devices, or note syncing extensions like Papercuts.
In order to use this feature user will require to login to the browser else the browser cannot sync and users cannot use the new functionality.